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Regulation for Financial Sanity
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Regulation for Financial Sanity

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) just reported that U.S. banks lost money at a $100 billion annualized rate during the fourth quarter of 2008.  Sounds grim, but it only describes the visible part of the iceberg our financial Titanic

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The Perfect Storm

The best-seller The Perfect Storm tells a true story of a ship caught in a vortex created by a continental low-pressure system, a tropical hurricane, and an arctic cold front off the shores of Newfoundland.  This complex disaster comes to

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The Revelations of the Obama Plan: Change We Can’t Afford

The Democratic nominee for president has finally offered the details of his campaign theme—that he will radically change America if elected—by posting on his website “The Blueprint for Change: Barack Obama’s Plan for America.”  Senator Obama’s call for “change” has

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Anatomy of a Meltdown: The Subprime Crisis

At the close of 2007, the bloated inventories and declining prices of residential housing confirmed that the real-estate bubble had burst.  This was triggered by losses on collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs), which are based on pools of “subprime” mortgage collateral. 

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Reflections on Immigration Reform

The most significant event of President George W. Bush’s second term (thus far) has been the defeat of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (S.1348).  This bill was initiated by President Bush in collaboration with the Democratic congressional majority,

The Economic Realities of U.S. Immigration
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The Economic Realities of U.S. Immigration

Mass immigration is changing the fundamental character of America—our culture, institutions, standards, and objectives.  Until recently, our society was the envy of the world, so why are these changes even necessary?  In addition to the ruling class’s commitment to globalism

The Price of Globalism
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The Price of Globalism

It is paradoxical that, having led the Western world to triumph over fascism and then communism, the United States is now the vanguard of yet another world socialist order.  This American Empire, based on the benevolent neoconservative principles of borderless

Marx’s and Engels’ Illegitimate Offspring
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Marx’s and Engels’ Illegitimate Offspring

If someone is overheard referring to the system of U.S. public finance as “socialist,” most Americans within earshot will write him off as a conservative crank who is being dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.  After all, Karl

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A Step in the Right Direction

On November 1, 2005, the President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform issued its final report and received a chilly response from the proponents of tax reform (too much tax, and too little reform).  However, its proposals constructively addressed key

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Cracks in the Crystal Ball

As the 21st century began, Americans appeared to have every reason to consider themselves the most fortunate citizens in the world.  Though there are problems in virtually every sector of our society, resolutions are still within our reach and capabilities.

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Dubious Dubya Budgets

As the federal Fiscal Year 2005 approaches completion and the 2006 budget takes shape, the lack of fiscal discipline of the George W. Bush presidency continues to enlarge upon the “politics of joy,” which have characterized the Republican Party since

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Essentials for a Lasting Peace in the Middle East

No solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is possible unless we clearly define the obstacles that can and must be surmounted.

This conflict, which culminated in open warfare in 1948, is rooted in the incompatible claims of

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Diagnosing the Diminishing Dollar

Holding a green piece of paper decorated with patriotic symbols as a proxy for economic value is an act of faith.  To do so with the currency of your own country is a necessary act of faith, since daily life

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The Bush Economic Agenda

Energized by his election as if it were a landslide, President George W. Bush proposes to spend his “political capital” on an ambitious economic agenda headed by reform of Social Security and the U.S. Tax Code.  The President’s candor in

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Taxation for Economic Survival

The severity of the ongoing decline of U.S. manufacturing has placed our prosperity and national security in jeopardy.  A principal cause of this crisis is the federal tax code, which currently imposes multiple layers of progressive taxation on U.S. goods. 

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What Manufacturing Crisis?

The recent U.S. recession, if judged by its effect on total employment, was the shortest and mildest of the post-World War II period.  In the six months from the peak of July 1998 to the low of January 1999, employment

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Grading Greenspan

President Bush’s recent announcement that he will renominate Alan Greenspan for a fifth term as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board elicited mostly favorable reactions from a wide range of economic and political pundits.

At the critical end of the

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Europe’s Population Implosion

Over the course of the last millennium, the populations of Europe (including Russia) and its Western offshoots (including the United States) grew explosively.  Fueled by the agricultural and industrial revolutions that they pioneered and the raw materials of the New

Revolting Taxation
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Revolting Taxation

On April 15, U.S. taxpayers will pay the last installment on their duty to government for 2003.  The bill for federal, state, and local government totaled a staggering $3.3 trillion, of which one out of every seven dollars was in

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The End of Income Taxes

The tax cuts proposed by President George W. Bush take significant steps toward the reform of a federal tax code that retards growth of the capital stock, productivity, and incomes of all Americans.  His plan to eliminate the death tax,

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Wall Street’s Turn

While a long parade of executives has exchanged tailored pinstripes for orange jumpsuits, an even more deserving group of miscreants have thus far eluded their just deserts—those executives’ Wall Street overlords, who wrote the script for the latest and greatest

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Dr. Pangloss on Taxation

The IRS and the federal tax code have enabled the blessings of government on a scale never envisioned by the Founding Fathers.  Consider the vital contributions to the current status of the federal government and its future prospects for growth

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Gross National Greed

Editor’s Note: The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which President Bush signed into law on July 30, is designed to increase corporate responsibility.  It is a step in the right direction, but it fails to address the central role played by

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What’s Good for General Motors . . .

How did big corporations become the prevailing form of enterprise in the United States?  The standard answer is that bigger is better.  Concentrated industry, we are told, allows managerial efficiency, huge economies of scale, and the ability to undertake bold

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The Myth of Economic Equality

Except in war-time, Washington matters little to the comfort and safety of responsible Americans. Washington does matter, however, as the major source of impoverishment, harassment, and jeopardy. Our Founding Fathers never intended it to be this way.

The last thousand

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Restoring Families by Restricting Government

When we view the monumental seats of government, the palaces and temples of ancient and medieval civilizations, we are awed by their architectural grandeur, the art and culture to which they testify, and the sheer effort they represent. While they

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The Education Cartel

The education cartel in Texas, and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in particular, have raised the bureaucratic art to new heights by congratulating themselves for failing to attain their mediocre objectives. Consider a report, released by the Tax Research Association

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Reflections on a Texan’s Visit to Bosnia

Since returning from a visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina arranged by The Rockford Institute to consult with the Republic of Srpska (one of Bosnia’s component states) on privatization of its socialist industries, I have given considerable thought as to what Americans (especially